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Gwenyth Chao (b. Toronto/ Tkaronto, Canada) has degrees from the University of Guelph (BA) and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (MFA). Her research praxis asks: how can art be a portal to potential futures that offer alternate ways of knowing through material engagements? How would such reworlding destabilize systems of how knowledge is constructed, valued, and transmitted? Driven by an awareness of experimental possibility, Chao’s recent projects explore how material reconstitution can be informed by an ecological awareness and how transdisciplinary processes can generate new ways of knowing. Her research-creation praxis is funded by the Ontario, British Columbia, and Canada Arts Councils as well as the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.


Chao has exhibited work in galleries and museums across Canada including the Design TO Festival (Toronto, ON), the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC), the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (Montreal, QC), and the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON). She was a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, a contributing artist in the Leaning Out of Windows art & physics interdisciplinary project and an Artist-Researcher at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Chao’s next solo exhibitions will be at the Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) in fall 2023.

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